*Aretha Franklin announced earlier this year that she’ll be retiring from touring at the end of 2017, and part of her new “retirement plan” includes closing out her career in her hometown of Detroit.
Franklin recently revealed her plans to move into the city and open a nightclub where she will occasionally sing.
“I’m interested in doing a small nightclub downtown, and he (Bruce Schwartz, Detroit relocation ambassador for Bedrock Real Estate Services) and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now…,” she said. “In my retirement plan, I’d like to have a small club here in Detroit.”
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The Queen of Soul said her retirement plan also includes finishing her new CD, which will be executive-produced by Clive Davis. Steve Wonder has produced several tracks on the project, which Franklin said earlier this year was nearly finished.
Once she kicks her retirement into full gear, Aretha plans to do “some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year” but 2017 will be her “last year in concert.”
“I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it,” she told WDIV.
In the meantime, Franklin said she’s getting ready for her return to the city where she grew up.
“I’m cleaning house,” she said. “I’m going to be moving back into Detroit, and I’m just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I’m spending time with my grandchildren, and I’m also readying the new CD.”